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New Book Release: Crean - The Extraordinary Life of an Irish Hero
A new biography that chronicles the epic heroism of Irish Explorer, Tom Crean who served on three major expeditions to Antarctica in the early 20th Century.
This book takes us from Crean's roots in an oppressed Ireland to the frozen landscape of Antarctica.
After learning of this remarkable man's heroism - you too will be left with the question: why has Tom Crean not been honoured by successive Irish Governments to this day?
Antartica, the harshest environment on our planet: where even today an explorer's survival is severely limited should they become injured or sick. Roll back a century to the pioneering days of Antarctic exploration - with no means of communication, wearing inadequate clothing and with a dwindling food supply - the chances are that an explorer's fate was sealed.
That chance of survival, however, would be boosted if one of your companions was prepared to risk life and limb to bring about your safe rescue - step forward Tom Crean.
After suffering the disappointment of not being chosen by Captain Scott for the final assault on the South Pole, three men faced a grueling 800-mile return journey. With Edward Evans, the commanding officer, close to death, their
exhaustive, energy-sapping trek would come to a halt 35 miles from their destination and it would fall to Crean to make a historic, life-saving solo march.
'If you are to go out, then we all go out together' Crean's words to his dying senior officer, Evans, who urged Crean and Lashly to carry on without him, epitomizes the very essence of the man he was - selfless, brave and fearless.
Evan's grandson, Julian, reminds readers of his own debt of gratitude to Crean in an emotive Foreword to the book:
"In rescuing my grandfather from certain death, Tom Crean assured my very existence."
The book constructs a wider picture of the man, his times, his travels and his heroics. It continues by recounting the scarcity of information after his death up to the resurgence of interest at the turn of the millennium. Finally it brings us right up to date with the efforts now being made to win him deserved recognition.
With new information, all supported by respected sources and archives - this book is an authoritative work on this great Irish hero.
For more information on the book and it's availability visit https://tomcreanbook.com
Tim Foley worked as a Project Consultant to several ITV television programmes, including 60 Minute Makeover, Better Homes with Carol Vorderman and a Trevor MacDonald Tonight Special.
Foley's campaign for Tom Crean to be honored by the Irish Government generated over 10,200 signatures in a petition that was, in February 2018, handed over to the Minister of Defence in Dublin. The petition calls for the government to name a new Multi-Role Vessel and the flagship of the Irish Navy, the LÉ Tom Crean - the decision is expected in 2019.